In Germany, the DAX Index was up 7.34 points, or 0.22%, to 3,339.58, recovering from earlier losses after a 2.5% decline in June exports signals that Germany may be falling into a recession. In France, the CAC 40 was up 22.83 points, or 0.72%, to 3,188.32.
In Asia, major stock indexes finished higher. Japan's Nikkei index finished up 160.27 points, or 1.72%, to close at 9,487.8. Many Japanese investors are gone for "Obon" summer holidays, but this turned out to be market positive with sellers absent as well. Shares of machinery makers jumped, helped by the 2.4% increase in Japanese machinery orders in June released last Friday.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 148.32 points, or 1.49%, to close at 10,093.54.